October 2020 Issue


Cottage Life West will help you enjoy life at the cabin even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life & Cabin show
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside October 2020


  • So Long, Commute

    Ready to leave the city behind? Whether you’re retiring or working remotely, find out if full-time lakeside living is right for you.

  • A Tool’s Paradise

    Admit it: your tool box is a mess. Clean up your act with these DIY plans for a custom cottage version.

  • Labour of Love

    These cottage DIYers go to great lengths to save a masterpiece or realize a dream. Eight tales of ingenuity and passion.

  • It's Turkey Time

    We gathered for everyone’s favourite fall meal, but we made it better, easier, and more fun. Plus, an Indigenous perspective.


  • Waterfront

    Fall colours in the N.W.T.; an ode to strike-anywhere Redbird matches; how to make a meal out of chips; favourite pies and rejigged s’mores; Reporter; doubts about the wolf cull; an epic cottage shindig

  • Workshop

    How to fix an axe with a broken handle; tie down a tarp without a grommet; a gas-powered log splitter we like; closing-up checklist; smoke alarm know-how; unique drill bits for specialty jobs

  • Cottage Q&A

    Storing precious linens; building a deck on rock without drilling; sharing the cabin in a pandemic; mystery bird’s nest; why do squirrels chew antlers?

  • Zim Weighs In

    If you’re thinking about a wedding at the cottage, read this advice from someone who’s witnessed many a disaster.

  • Legacy

    Suddenly there’s a new baby in the family—and a new grandmother. When the next generation arrives, nothing (and yet everything) feels the same.

  • Style Ideas

    Framed by tall grasses, this unassuming cottage on Lake Ontario is a mix of old decor and new design (and it’s kind to the turtles of Wolfe Island).

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Late in autumn, once the trees have shed their foliage, the leaf litter nourishes all life in the forest

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